Graduate Diploma of Teaching (ECE)

Te Poutama ki te Pakaritanga

Put your degree to good use teaching young children.

This one-year full-time programme leads to teacher registration in New Zealand.


Applications for study starting in February 2019 have now closed. If you would like to register your interest in studying the Graduate Diploma of Teaching (ECE) as part of our February 2020 intake, then click this link and we will be in contact when applications open on 1 August 2019.


It has been developed for people with degrees wanting to make a career of teaching in ECE and for international teachers seeking a New Zealand qualification.


Programme delivery
Te ara tuku

This is an intensive, 150-credit Level 7 programme of study requiring considerable commitment and focus.

Study requirements are:
•    attendance at four three-day block courses, which will be held in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch depending on numbers
•    approximately 5.5 hours of online engagement a week
•    approximately 15 hours of independent study a week
•    thirteen hours of practice (comprising two days a week, 6.5 hours per day) in a licensed ECE centre
•    two five-week practicums.

Admission requirements
Nga hiahiatanga tono

To be eligible for this programme, you must:
•    hold a relevant Level 7 bachelor’s degree or hold an approved Teachers Registration Board or Education Council approved Diploma of Teaching (Primary)
•    provide evidence of proficiency in English if English is an additional language
•    pass a children’s worker safety check as required under the Vulnerable Children Act 2014.

Students with qualifications gained outside of New Zealand also need to provide an NZQA assessment report completed within the last three years.


2019 Semester 1 Key Dates

Start date: 28 January
Block course 1 (Wellington): 28 - 30 January
Block course 1 (Manukau): 30 January - 1 February
Block course 2 (Wellington): 8 - 10 April
Block course 2 (Manukau): 10 - 12 April
Mid-semester break: 15 - 28 April
Practicum: 27 May - 30 June
End date: 30 June

2019 Semester 2 Key Dates

Start date: 15 July
Block course 3 (Wellington): 15 - 17 July
Block course 3 (Manukau): 17 - 19 July
Block course 4 (Wellington): 23 - 25 September
Block course 4 (Manukau): 25 - 27 September
Mid-semester break:
30 September - 6 October
4 November - 8 December
End date: 8 December

Nga pepa

The Culturally Responsive Teacher
Tikanga-a-iwi (30 credits)
Understanding Children and Childhood
Tamarikitanga (15 credits)
Teacher as Inquirer
Te Kaimahira (30 credits)
Practicum One
Whakatatare (15 credits)
Teacher as a Critical Pedagogue
Kaiwhakamanawa (30 credits)
Teacher as Emergent Leader
Mana Whakatipu (15 credits)
Practicum Two
Whakatatare (15 credits)